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Hotting up the pool party

Shara Ashraf   July 04, 2013
First Published: 17:08 IST(4/7/2013) | Last Updated: 02:35 IST(5/7/2013)

Heading to a pool party? And you’ve got nothing to wear? Don’t want/don’t have big money to plunk on expensive resort wear? But still want to be the hottest girl around? Possible? With a little chiconomics, yes! We tell you how to live it up even when you are on a tight budget. Whether you want to channel your inner gypsy, or play the sexy desi diva, there’s plenty of inspiration for you to fire your imagination. So, girls,  kill the predictable and make a splashing entry.breezyboho

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Go bohemian with this crochet top. If you’re one of those with a washboard stomach like our model, go for a cropped top. Wear it with a bright sarong — choose from cheery neons such as coral, yellow or pink. Wear jute wedges and carry an oversized beach bag. Wear a floral halo band and leave your hair loose 

If you are not the faint hearted types, bend the rules, and play the sexy banjaran. Tie a half-sari covering your mid thighs, sling the pallu over your bikini and let it fall loose. Tie your hair in a loose side braid and fix a real flower. Peppy pom pom chappals, a gypsy style bag and a floral kamarbandh tied around your waist will be eye-stoppers. 

Slip on a kaftan over your bikini. Go for a simple, sheer  kaftan in a peppy contrasting colour and no embellishments. Keep your look simple and let your hair fall down in loose waves. 

Wear this sexy ready-to-wear half sari over a glamourous contrasting bikini. Go for a sheer sari in a lively colour. Sweep all your hair to one side, and tuck a big real flower. Wear a dainty floral anklet and over-sized sunglasses. Carry a big beach bag to keep your towel and makeup. 

Pool-proof your make-up
To put your best face forward, your makeup picks must be water-proof. You surely don’t want to look miserable with your mascara running down your eyes and your blush blotched up. Go for a no-makeup-look, focusing on highlighting your features, rather than looking like the one who’s trying too hard. Use a water proof primer before applying  the base. Use foundation sparingly for a glowing, sheer look. Apply in dots all over your face and merge with fingertips. Skip the loose powder. Contour your eyes using a natural eye shadow. Coat your lashes with transparent mascara. For flushed cheeks, pick up waterproof blush on in fresh shades such as peach, coral or natural rose. Ditch the lipstick and wear waterproof lip tint in peach or pink

Get some inspiration
Recall Carmen Electra in Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding. Brazilian style bikini, sea-shell choker,  big flowers in the hair — the lady got all the styleThink Zeenat Aman in Satyam Shivam Sundaram. Gypsy jewellery, sheer half-saris, messy bun — you can’t do desi better than thisDo it vintage style like Elizabeth Taylor: the actor added dollops of oomph in something as simple as a kaftan, every time she wore it For the budget fashionistaA kaftan is one of the simplest garment you can ever get stitched. Take your peppy chiffon, georgette and lace duppattas/saris to your neighbourhood tailor, along with these sketches, and get a sheer kaftan made for yourself


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